Who is Joe?



This facility is dedicated to Joe Newman for his many years of service to the Joplin community. Often called the “godfather of economic development” in Joplin, Mr. Newman was a founder of the Joplin Business and Industrial Development Corporation and a longtime member and president of the Joplin Industrial Development Authority. His leadership on the JIDA led to the creation of the Joplin-Webb City Industrial Park. His spirit, determination and dedication have been the backbone of many other economic development efforts. His vision continues to have a positive impact on the community he loved so much.



Original oil painting by Andy Thomas on display in the Innovation Center lobby.